2000-01-01 / Columnists


What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago This Week

More than a month has elapsed since the waters started flowing near the new library at Beach 117 street. To date nothing has been done. We hope the leak is fixed before the new books are placed there. Water damaged books are impossible to read.

Now that the Christmas season is over, we wonder if Gateway National Park is collecting old Christmas trees as they have in the past? The trees are used as barriers to hold back the sand.

What a shame. No one has come forth with any information about the vandals who struck at the bird sanctuary in November. Let’s hope that this type of act does not occur again.

Far Rockaway businessmen reported an increase in sales during the Christmas season. The new street, the special advertising section in The Wave and the nice weather all had something to do with the improvement in business.

Whatever happened to the seaplane service from Beach 116 street to lower Manhattan? That was the original idea for "take the plane to the train."

Holiday death tolls were much higher during the four day Christmas weekend than was predicted by the safety experts. Evidently the three and four day weekends do more harm than good.

Isn’t it time for a left turn light to be installed at Beach Channel drive near Beach 114 street? Traffic entering the shopping center must wait for a break in traffic and then shoot across the drive.

Speaking of turn signals, how about a right turn on red at the entrance to the center. The sign should be placed right at the side of the driveway from the post office.

What The Wave Said

30 Years Ago This Week

Eight male and four female local teenagers were arrested last Wednesday night at 8 o’clock near the Department of Parks building at Beach 84 street and the Boardwalk, Rockaway Beach. According to the arresting officers, Patrolmen Jack Winograd and John Lavin, the teenagers were observed smoking a pipe and allegedly had hashish.

Heavy damage resulted from a two-alarm fire Sunday morning in the stores from 65-14 to 65-24 Rockaway Beach boulevard–in the Arverne urban renewal area. Some of the stores were ongoing businesses.

Loss is put at $2150 in a robbery at gunpoint on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in the Jiffy Jug, 81-02 Beach Channel drive. There were no injuries.

Four Belle Harbor homes and one in Neponsit, reportedly were burglarized Sunday between four and 10 p.m. while the residents were out. Some of the homes, police rported, had burglar alarms, but the thieves got past them.

What The Wave Said

40 Years Ago This Week

Some of the people who complain loudest about the toll on the Cross Bay and Marine Parkway bridges have had their bitterness softened again this year by the appearance of the traditional Christmas trees at the toll plazas of each of the bridges.

Tuesday morning’s high tide following the downpour during Monday evening and early Tuesday morning brought some of the local "lakes" into being again. Worst was at Beach 35 street and Edgemere avenue.

This year there were more homes with Christmas lights in the Holland section than there were in any other section of the Rockaways.

It’s a great season for clothiers and haberdashers. Not only does New Year’s Eve bring the usual rush, but there are the formal organizations.

What The Wave Said

50 Years Ago This Week

The threatened strike of Green Bus Lines drivers was averted last Friday when the operators received $20 each as a partial payment of back pay due them under the decision recently handed down by a labor arbitrator appointed by agreement between the company and management with city officials.

Because the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis offered assistance when her son was striken with polio, Mrs. Saul Bookstein of 446 Beach 131 street, is canvassing the homes in Belle Harbor, Neponsit and Rockaway Park, in the interest of the current drive for funds. Mrs. Bookstein was named chairman for the west end.

Members of the 101 Precinct police force were guests at a venison party held last Thursday at a local hall. Patrolman Louis Spamer was in charge of cooking and won the approbation of all who attended.





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